A DRUNK woman got naked in a Worcester care home's communal garden and threatened to 'knife' her elderly next door neighbour, a court heard.

Hayley Hope had been living at Lincoln Green, off Liverpool Road in Ronkswood, Worcester when she made the threats and a few days later was seen naked by other residents, one of whom called police.

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The 56-year-old, who the court heard had mental health problems, admitted exposure and using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour when she appeared before Worcester magistrates on Thursday.

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An injunction order secured by Platform Housing in August prohibits her from causing a nuisance to residents. She is now also banned from returning to Lincoln Green.

The offences were committed in breach of two suspended sentence orders. One order of 12 weeks in custody suspended for 12 months was imposed on August 9 for being drunk and disorderly and two offences of failing to surrender to custody.

The other order, also for 12 weeks suspended for 12 months, was imposed on June 18 this year for racially/religiously aggravated harassment.

Ralph Robyns-Landricombe, prosecuting, said on September 4 this year Hope was asked to turn her music down by her neighbour.

"She became abusive and stated 'I'm going to hit you' and 'I will knife you'. This has caused the woman to become fearful," said the prosecutor.

Another resident stood between the woman and the defendant and instructed Hope to 'go home' which she did.

On September 7 this year the same neighbour again called police.

"Hope was outside her property in the communal garden and she was completely naked and shouting,"

An officer attended Hope's address. "She answered the door completely naked and very drunk" said Mr Robyns-Landricombe.

In interview she told an officer she had not been naked but 'went to see her neighbour, called Roger, wearing a bikini' and denied saying she would 'knife' her neighbour. When asked why witnesses had said she had been naked, Hope stated 'her neighbours have got it in for her'.

"She didn't appear to be regretful of any of her behaviour or acknowledge any wrongdoing. She was more annoyed her neighbours would make such complaints" said Mr Robyns-Landricombe.

Despite having admitted the offences, Hope said in court: "That's not me! I would never do that!"

Barry Newton, defending, said the defendant, who had 11 previous convictions, had mental health issues and a long-standing problem with alcohol.

He said there had been quite a considerable gap in her record from some offences 20 years ago and some 'low level offending in 2015' followed by a break until last year.

Mr Newton said his client had lived in Keswick Drive in Worcester where she had been 'happy'. "Unfortunately there was a particular male neighbour who made her life a misery, taking over parts of her garden. That led to her leaving in rather dismal circumstances" said the city solicitor.

He said other residents at Lincoln Green were 'elderly' while Hope was 56. "One wonders why the location was considered a sensible one" said Mr Newton.

A probation officer confirmed a mental health diagnosis of borderline personality disorder and went on to describe Hope, now of Chester Road North in Kidderminster, as 'a very vulnerable woman'.

Magistrates deferred sentence until January 17 next year.

In the meantime she must comply with any rehabilitation activities required of her by probation and attend any appointments with Cranstoun which runs the adult alcohol and drug recovery service.